Meade Creek Floodplain Mapping Project

Why are we doing this project?

Flooding is one of the biggest natural hazards within the Meade Creek sub-watershed. This area has a history of flooding after high rainfall events. On July 14 and July 15, 2004, Peterborough experienced a significant storm event. Over these two days, 250 millimetres of rain fell; resulting in flooding that caused a lot of damage to private and public property.

Some floodplain mapping exists for Meade Creek, but it is outdated and incomplete. Existing mapping will be updated and new mapping created for areas currently un-mapped. The purpose of this project is to create maps that accurately identify areas along the creek that will flood during a Regulatory Storm.

How will the maps be used?

A quiet day along North Meade Creek, but the creek doesn’t always look this calm! After a large storm, water levels rise and flows are stronger. The floodline shown on floodplain maps shows where the high water line is so you can prepare for flooding any time of year.

The Meade Creek floodplain maps will allow residents and municipalities to better prepare for, and take action during flooding events. The new floodplain maps will serve three main purposes:

  • provide people currently living along Meade Creek with information about potential flooding on their property;
  • help municipalities and Otonabee Conservation to direct future development outside of the floodplain, to avoid loss of life and property damage, as well as personal injury and stress; and,
  • help identify areas where flooding may impact access to roads and emergency routes, so emergency responders can use alternate routes during flood events.

How can I tell if my property, or the property I’m thinking of purchasing, will flood?

A floodplain map shows where the floodplain is. Residents can search by their address, zoom in to see the floodline and see where it is in relation to their property.

Search for your property and get a more detailed view of the floodplain on our interactive web application map!

Click here to search for your address in the Meade Creek watershed…

What does it mean if my property is within the floodplain?

Knowing that your property is within the floodplain will help you better understand your risk and prepare for any future flooding. Municipal planning policies and Otonabee Conservation permitting policies limit the kinds of development and site alteration that are allowed within the floodplain.

How were the maps created?

To make the floodplain maps, our engineering, remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists created models of how much water flows through the Meade Creek sub-watershed and how it behaves during a flooding event. This allows us to create maps showing the floodplain.

Click here for a step-by-step explanation of how floodplain maps are created, in our Floodplain Mapping Fact Sheet…

Throughout the process, Otonabee Conservation has been in contact with our partnering municipalities, fellow agencies, and other key stakeholders and partners.

If you have general questions (i.e., not property specific) about how the maps were created and what the information means to you, please submit these questions to and we will respond to you directly as well as post the answers on this webpage.

What areas are included in this project?

The Meade Creek sub-watershed is located on the eastern boundary of the City of Peterborough. A small portion of the creek, approximately nine km2, is located within the city boundaries while the rest is located in the Township of Douro-Dummer and the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan. The study area included in this project is located between the Otonabee River and Little Lake and Burnham Line. The creek flows into the study area as two separate branches before joining together north of Old Norwood Road and flowing into Little Lake.

The total drainage area of the Meade Creek Subwatershed is 86 km2. The area included in this floodplain mapping project is ten km2.

The North (black line) and South (red line) Meade Creek Sub-Watersheds

Who can I talk to?

If you have questions about the Kawartha Lakes Floodplain Mapping Project that are not specific to a property, please send them to and we will post the answers to the webpage.

Staff at Otonabee Conservation and our partnering municipalities are happy to talk to you about how the mapping affects your property.